Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nobel prize goes to poet

Here is a poem by Sweden's Tomas Tranströmer, the recipient of this year's Nobel prize for literature. Did you know Bob Dylan was a contender?
Further In
On the main road into the city
when the sun is low.
The traffic thickens, crawls.
It is a sluggish dragon glittering.
I am one of the dragon’s scales.
Suddenly the red sun is
right in the middle of the windscreen
streaming in.
I am transparent
and writing becomes visible
inside me
words in invisible ink
which appear
when the paper is held to the fire!
I know I must get far away
straight through the city and then
further until it is time to go out
and walk far in the forest.
Walk in the footprints of the badger.
It gets dark, difficult to see.
In there on the moss lie stones.
One of the stones is precious.
It can change everything
it can make the darkness shine.
It is a switch for the whole country.
Everything depends on it.
Look at it, touch it…
This just in:  Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered.


  1. I read an article on him yesterday. He had a stroke 20 years ago and lost much of his ability to speak. He expresses himself through music, his Nobel Prize speech should be quite interesting!

  2. WOW! Thanks for this. I hadn't even heard of him. Stellar stuff (and better than Dylan's forays into poetry, in my opinion)! Off to read some more...